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Two schools put into secure status after reports of ‘weapons violation’ on Duke Street

4349 Duke Street (image via Google Maps)

Reports of a man with a gun chasing someone else at a shopping center along Duke Street led to two nearby schools being put into “secure the building” status, though it later turned out to be a false alarm.

According to the scanner, around 8 a.m. a man rushed into a store at 4349 Duke Street and said he was being chased by someone with a gun.

According to the Alexandria Police Department:

An adult male contacted APD to report that he believed that someone was chasing him armed with a firearm. The investigation determined that this was unfounded. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the victim was experiencing a mental health crisis and requested transportation to Alexandria Hospital. The individual was voluntarily taken to the hospital by officers to receive support.

Nearby James K. Polk Elementary School and Patrick Henry K-8 School were placed into “secure the building” mode around 8:17 a.m.

“At approximately 8:17 a.m., James K. Polk Elementary and Patrick Henry K-8 Schools were briefly placed in ‘secure the building’ status for about 15 minutes, in response to nearby police activity,” Polk Principal Carla Carter and Patrick Henry Acting Principal Linda Miller said in a joint release. “The decision to secure these ACPS schools was taken out of an abundance of caution, based on the proximity of the police activity. Normal operations have resumed, to include scheduled testing.”

The incident came two days after William Ramsay Elementary School was also placed onto secure status after an incident at the school.

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